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Change the Future

Supporting Illawarra Women's Health Centre

Illawarra Women's Health Centre

Change the future: youth led prevention of family violence

Last year almost 800 women came to the Illawarra Women's Health Centre because of domestic and family violence

As the impact of our national domestic and family violence crisis continues to take its toll, both publicly and privately, we are writing to ask you to support the women and families in Illawarra. In particular, to donate to a unique domestic and family violence program project called:

Change the future: youth lead prevention of family violence

You may have seen recent research that shows, disturbingly, almost one in seven young Australians believe a man would be justified in raping a woman if she initiated sex but changed her mind. Almost one-quarter of young men think women find it flattering to be persistently pursued, even if they are not interested.

In the same research, 92% of youth participants agreed that it is helpful to have young people leading the learning on respectful relationships.

Our Change the future program is an opportunity to lead this change. We are working with the student leaders of Warilla and Lake Illawarra High Schools to understand student attitudes to domestic and family violence and then together, work to change attitudes that support violence. 

Anyone we have spoken to personally about this project knows how incredibly impressed we are with the student leaders from these schools. They sit on our project Steering Committee and are smart, engaged, prepared, passionate, committed and articulate. They are the future leaders in our community, and they are inspiring. They want to change their community, they want to stop the violence and they have stepped up to work with the Illawarra Women's Health Centre, the University of Wollongong, Local Police and Council to do so.

We are asking you to support them as they work on an Australian-first project – a student led, designed and implemented family violence prevention strategy for their schools.

We need to raise $25,000 from people such as you to implement this project. Your donation will enable us to employ a community development officer to work with the students and to pay the students an honorarium. The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre will take responsibility for all administration and management cost.

As a team we want to raise $4,000.

Can you help, by donating $30 (or $60, or $90)?

Please contact me if you have any questions….

Many thanks, as always!


Help to reach the goal of $3,000

$530 raised

Time left

Ends on 30/06/2019 at 12:00 AM

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